Howard Rheingold, a professor at UC Berkeley, ponders an interesting question in his recent blog posting about multitasking: “I wonder – I don’t yet claim to know – is something valuable to be found in the deep gulf between frenetic and hyperfocused?”  Librarians and educators are always complaining that there students are distracted and unfocused.  But perhaps this behavior is just an evolutionary result of being continuously connected.  In other words, it’s the appropriate evolutionary response to the way the modern world is set-up?  Learn to multitask or perish? Perhaps this “continuous partial attention” (Linda Stone) is just adaptive survival behavior?

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